Tashkeel’s current artists in residence, Fari Bradley and Chris Weaver, will participate in the 20th International Symposium for Electronic Art (ISEA) to be held from October 30th to November 8th in Dubai.
Bradley and Weaver, as part of their 11-month New Media Artist residency on Tashkeel’s Guest Artist Programme, will present ‘Variations for Rooms and a Tone’, a site specific installation.
The work explores the relationship between architectural spaces and sound. A performative and collaborative aspect of this work is the creation of a free-form, experimental choir mostly of inexperienced and untrained singers, all of whom work with space and buildings in some capacity in their daily professions.
‘Variations for Rooms and a Tone’ is a work now in its fourth iteration, which responds to the UAE’s culture of constant construction and reflects on the imagined permanency of man-made structures.
“The architectural spaces will be activated by the choir to ‘vocalise’ their own sounds,” says Bradley. “Chris and I will install speakers and microphones in specific places throughout the space which will vibrate at their own natural frequencies, creating a programmed sequence when heard collectively.”
The “singers” are professionals connected to the construction industry (architects, planners or surveyors), who normally dictate what a building will look like and then move on. This piece repositions them instead with those who experience the end product through the medium of sound.
As part of the ISEA programme, Bradley will participate in a talk alongside two other sound artists on November 3rd at Zayed University's Convention Centre. Entitled 'Audible Phenomena in the Everyday', Bradley will discuss and share concepts of hers and Weaver's work.
Collaborating since 2006, Bradley and Weaver have worked on projects employing the alternative sounds of electronics, acoustic phenomena, domestic and re-purposed materials.
In September, Bradley and Weaver curated a series of talks and screenings on sound art at Tashkeel, and in 2015, they will present an exhibition, along with a major work during Dubai’s art season in March. The residency ends in April 2015.